• Overview

    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition brings together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.
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NSC Spotlights OWC leadship and Ohio

*Leadership Spotlight: Kerrie Carte*

Kerrie Carte is a planning and development specialist for WSOS Community Action and leads the Ohio Workforce Coalition. She has been involved with National Skills Coalition since 2008 and became a member of the NSC Leadership Council in 2012.

She is a tireless advocate at the state and federal level, working regularly to cultivate workforce champions among Ohio’s congressional delegation and the state legislature, including organizing an Ohio Workforce Coalition lobby day at the state capital this year. She brings over 20 years of experience in community action and workforce development. Learn more about the path that led Kerrie to her leadership role with NSC, how her involvement has advanced advocacy efforts on the state and federal levels, and why others should join her in her efforts.

*Ohio Takes First Step Towards Sector Strategies with the Release of Toolkit *

In December, Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT) took a first step towards implementing a statewide industry sector partnership strategy with the release of its Sector Partnership Online Toolkit. The toolkit provides an overview of industry sector partnerships, a sample invitation to employers, a sample agenda, industry sector partnerships suggested qualifications, and data on jobs, supply and performance metrics.

This follows the announcement last summer by OWT that they would begin identifying and supporting priority sector partnerships in in-demand industries by engaging the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board (GWIB) members in industry outreach, providing convening support through partner state agencies, providing access to detailed labor market data and creating industry-specific Sector Partnership Toolkits as well as labor market data and a basic toolkit for sector partnerships in all other industries not deemed “priority”.

The Ohio Workforce Coalition (OWC), which NSC helped to initially convene, has long worked to elevate sector strategies in workforce policy and funding discussions. NSC will continue working with OWC as they partner with the Administration to implement industry sector partnerships strategies in the state.

OWC Needs Your Feedback

Dear OWC Stakeholders:

The OWC is looking to improve its value to our membership base in the coming year and would like you to share your opinions on how we can be of better service to our stakeholders and communities.

Please take a few minutes of your time to provide your input.

Click here to take survey

Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation outlines workforce development: A Strategic Priority and speaks about collaborating with the Ohio Workforce Coalition

As published in the September 1, 2013 Toledo Business Journal
Toledo Business Journal recently interviewed Tracy Intihar. Intihar is the director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation having been appointed at the creation of this entity in 2012.

Toledo Business Journal: A set of strategic priorities was established when the Office of Workforce Transformation was created in 2012. One of the priorities was to identify the most urgent needs of businesses in Ohio. Can you update progress in this area?

Tracy Intihar: Identifying and summarizing businesses’ workforce needs has become the foundation for much of our workforce reform work. We believe that to better understand the problems and influence change, we need to aggregate the workforce needs of an industry. The current system and practice supports “one-off solutions” for business, typically working with an education provider or the local workforce system. We believe we can expand the talent pipeline of workers for employers more efficiently by addressing the workforce needs of an industry.

Our work to identify and summarize the needs of business includes three important data sources: 1) current State jobs data collected to meet federal requirements, 2) data summarized from OhioMeansJobs, Ohio’s online matching tool, tracks company postings to identify trends and shortages, and 3) a survey tool sent to 2,000 of Ohio’s top businesses in priority industry clusters.

Ohio is prepared to provide a summary of in-demand jobs for the state, by region and industry in early 2014, and in a four-county (Lucas, Clark, Belmont, and Stark) pilot in September. We will make the information available on OhioMeansJobs.com to provide information to students and job changers about the best opportunities. We also want to use the information to create dialogue in industries with the most urgent shortages to better understand the gaps in the system and to make a plan to address the gaps.

TBJ: Another strategic priority is to align the skills needs of employers with the training offerings of the education system in Ohio. Can you update progress in this area?

Read more….

House Higher Education Study Committee Hearings

The newly formed House Higher Education Study Committee will hold hearings through mid-September to study subjects ranging from workforce connections to the costs linked to degrees.

Chairman Rep. Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has scheduled meetings at colleges and universities around the state starting Thursday at Miami University.

Speaker Bill Batchelder formed the committee along with two others as special study panels to work over the summer. The others will delve into health care and tax policy. (See Gongwer Ohio Report, July 30, 2013)

“A high-quality education system is critical not only for individuals’ success but also the long-term viability of Ohio’s economy,” Chairman Rosenberger said in a release. “The Higher Education Study Committee is an opportunity to follow up on outstanding issues raised during the budget process as well as identify additional policies designed to strengthen Ohio’s education system.

“It is my hope that information gathered through these hearings will form the basis for initiatives designed to support and expanded ongoing reform efforts.”

The study committee is scheduled to meet at:

*Penta Career Center in Perrysburg from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 20 to discuss transitioning to higher education and the workforce including dual-enrollment programs, improved student preparation/reduced remediation rates, developmental education reform, the higher education-high school alignment project, career counseling, and what parents need to know about higher education.

*Mt. Union University in Alliance tentatively from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 4 to discuss affording higher education including the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, 529 plans, financial aid, and managing student debt.

*Columbus State Community College from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9 to discuss reducing the cost of higher education including faculty workloads, the role of technology and blended learning, state funding, and institutional collaboration and partnerships.

*Kaplan College in Dayton from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 to discuss serving nontraditional students including financial aid, addressing skill/knowledge gaps, midlife career changes and academic and nonacademic support.

Other members of the study committee are Reps. Christina Hagan (R-Alliance), Richard Adams (R-Troy), Tim Derickson (R-Oxford), Heather Bishoff (D-Blacklick), Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) and Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus).


Senator Casey to introduce amendment Wednesday to incorporate SECTORS Act into WIA


This Wednesday, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) will introduce an amendment to incorporate the SECTORS Act into the Senate HELP Committee Workforce Investment Act (WIA) reauthorization bill during the committee’s mark-up.

Letters of support are essential; please consider sending one.

In a recent call with with workforce leaders from across Pennsylvania, Senator Casey announced his support for the SECTORS Act. He also agreed to introduce an amendment incorporating it into a bill reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) at the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee mark-up scheduled for this Wednesday, July 31.

Senator Casey said that a strong expression of support for the SECTORS Act is essential to the success of the amendment. Please express your support today by emailing the following staffers on the HELP Committee:
Michael Waske or Larry Smar

NNSP has drafted a template letter to provide a starting point for yours.

Please send a copy of your letter to the Ohio Workforce Coalition and NNSP.

As mentioned in a recent OWC eblasts and NNSP Newswire, the SECTORS Act has bi-partisan sponsors in the Senate, where it was introduced earlier this month by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), whom Senator Casey joins as a co-sponsor. Incorporating the SECTORS Act into the bill to reauthorize WIA would improve on the definition of sector partnerships and provide dedicated funding for sector
initiatives, which have proven highly effective in helping job seekers and workers attain economic security and assisting employers
to improve their competitiveness.

Also: Has Your Sector Initiative Been Counted?

NNSP is documenting the spread of sector initiatives. We estimate, on the basis of past surveys, that there are over 1,000 sector
initiatives nationwide; we’d like to gather basic information about as many as possible, so as to inform policy-makers, researchers,
practitioners and others. If you are involved in a sector initiative, will you complete NNSP’ short survey? Every response is also a raffle
entry for a $100 gift certificate.

You can access the survey here.

2013 OEDA Annual Excellence Awards

Call for Nominations

The Ohio Economic Development Association’s annual excellence awards program recognizes the achievements individuals and organizations in Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development. Submit your nominations today and have excellence in your community recognized state-wide!

A panel of OEDA members will assess the nominations, determine finalists, and select an overall winner. Award winners will be announced at a ceremony during the OEDA Annual Summit to be held October 23 -25, 2013 in Columbus. Award finalists will be notified prior to the Annual Summit.

Winners and finalists will be promoted on OEDA’s website and in an OEDA e-newsletter. This information may also be published by winners and finalists in the media and used for promotional purposes.

Award Categories

  1. Best Project
  2. Excellence in Economic Development Marketing
  3. Excellence in Economic Development Innovation
  4. Excellence in Workforce Development Innovation
  5. Excellence in Volunteerism

Eligibility Criteria – Nominees in all categories must be individuals or organizations that operate within Ohio and may be a community-based or non-government organization, a government agency, or a private for profit organization. Please note that an entry may be deemed inapplicable if the judging committee feels that the entry does not fit the category selected by the nominator.

Nomination procedure – To nominate an individual or an organization for an award, please complete the appropriate nomination form(s) below and submit with the requested information for each no later than July 31, 2013. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Nominations are free for current OEDA members. The nomination fee for non-members is $50 per entry (nominator and/or nominee must be an OEDA member to qualify for no entry fee). The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2013. Non-members will be invoiced for the $50 fee per entry. Payment is due July 31, 2013.

Please submit your nomination(s) by July 31, 2013 via mail, fax, or email to:
Ohio Economic Development Association
17 High Street, Suite 200, Columbus, OH 43215
FAX: 614/221-1989 or EMAIL: OEDA@AssnOffices.com
Questions? Please contact the OEDA offices at 614-221-1900

Best Project – The Best Project Award recognizes outstanding and innovative projects in economic and business development that retain or generate jobs and investment. This can be anything from a retention project to a new facility construction, redevelopment (brownfield or otherwise) or an historic project. The award determination is not dependant on the number of jobs created or retained or the amount of total investment. Rather, this award will showcase a unique approach to the project, which can include public-private partnership, local collaboration, innovative financing and/or incentives. The project must have been completed in the last 18 months, however there are no time limits or constraints on the total timeline of the project (especially in the case of brownfield redevelopment, infrastructure projects, etc).

Click here to download the Best Project nomination form.

Excellence in Economic Development Marketing – This award recognizes successful marketing/marketing campaigns. Examples include target marketing studies, branding, websites, direct mail, consultant events, public relations campaigns, and advertising.

Nominations for this category are accepted based on the size of the community/area being marketed. Recognition may be awarded for one or all size categories.

Click here to download the Excellence in ED Marketing nomination form.

Excellence in Economic Development Innovation – This award recognizes unique approaches to any aspect of economic development and recognizes a person or organization that has developed innovative practices and programs. Examples include: podcasts, blogs, guerilla marketing techniques, legislative initiatives, creative development of match funds, combining work force development with economic development, etc.

Click here to download the Excellence in ED Innovation nomination form.

Excellence in Workforce Development Innovation – This award recognizes unique approaches to any aspect of workforce development and recognizes a person or organization that has developed innovative practices and programs. The strategy(ies) should provide direction, guidance, and motivation to Ohio’s workforce and business community.

Click here to download the Excellence in WD Innovation nomination form.

Excellence in Volunteerism – This award recognizes exceptional volunteer individuals who have assisted in successful economic development efforts in Ohio.

Click here to download the Excellence in Volunteerism nomination form.

NSC Releases Undoing Success:

The Real Impact of Federal Workforce Development Funding Cuts on Jobseekers and Employers

Today, to educate policymakers, reporters, and the public of the consequences of cuts to federal employment and job training programs, the National Skills Coalition is releasing a new report, Undoing Success: The Real Impact of Federal Workforce Development Funding Cuts on Jobseekers and Employers.

The report examines Congress’ un-balanced approach to deficit reduction that has led to massive cuts to federal workforce development funding, and highlights the real consequences of these cuts on jobseekers and employers told through survey results and local impact stories.

According to the report, 93 percent of survey respondents saw federal funding cuts to their programs, even though 75 percent reported an increase in workers seeking employment and job training assistance, with over half seeing a 25 percent or greater increase in demand. As a result of these cuts:

  • Nearly 60 percent of respondents laid off staff;
  • Sixty-seven percent of respondents reduced the number of clients they have enrolled in job training programs; and
  • Over 20 percent of respondents have eliminated job training programs.

It is clear that funding cuts are already impacting our nation’s ability to ensure that our workforce is prepared for jobs today and in the future, and that employers have access to the skilled workforce they need to compete in the global economy. Under current law, these cuts will continue and deepen over the next decade unless Congress replaces the sequester with a balanced approach to deficit reduction. But Congress won’t act unless they understand the real consequences of these cuts. Congress needs to hear from you!

Here is what you can do:

*Share with NSC how federal funding cuts have impacted the jobseekers and employers served through your program.

*Write a letter to the editor or op-ed about how continued cuts threaten your program’s ability to provide life-changing employment and job training services for your community. Here are tips for writing a letter to the editor or an op-ed.

*Send your members of Congress the report. You can learn how to send the report to your Senators here and to your House members here. Please let
Angela Hanks know that you sent a copy of the report to your members of Congress at: angelah@nationalskillscoalition.org

*Meet with your members of Congress while they are at home during the August recess. Here are tips for setting up an in-district meeting.

*Share the report with your colleagues and ask them to take action!

With your help, we can stop Congress from continuing to threaten critical employment and job training programs with additional federal funding cuts.


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